Parasite made history this past Sunday at the Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. But the story isn’t done there. We’ve known for about a month that director Bong Joon-ho is teaming up with HBO to create a mini-series based on the film. Now, we may have an idea who will star.
Per Collider, Mark Ruffalo is being eyed to lead the series. The show is still in the very earliest stages of development and Ruffalo is reportedly only a possibility at this point, but it’s clear that everyone involved in this series is aiming to bring in some big stars.
And why wouldn’t they? Parasite has become a global phenomenon, and any actor would be thrilled to be in the mini-series version, even though plot details are sparse right now. We know that Bong is taking much of what was cut from the cinematic script to expand the story into five or six episodes, and is working with fellow Oscar winner and current HBO favourite Adam McKay on the show.
It’s fair to question why Bong would want to continue the Parasite story after knocking it out of the park the first time around. He likely has studios from all over the world begging him to make a film for them, so if there was ever a time to strike while the iron is hot and make the boldest, most expensive thing he can, this is it.
But he has previously said that this Parasite series will not prohibit him from making feature films. It’s also unclear how much involvement he’ll have in it. Perhaps the show will be based on he and Han Jin-won‘s script but McKay or someone else will take the reigns. There’s still plenty to be ironed out so we’ll wait and see.
Ruffalo may be in line to play the patriarch of the central family, played by Song Kang-ho in the film, although it’s possible the characters in the series aren’t direct parallels to their cinematic counterparts. Again, we’ll have to wait and see. Much of this is still to be ironed out. Bong previously said he hopes the plans for the series begin to take shape in March.